Flag of Switzerland (GIF)

The Swiss flag consists of a red square field with a thick equilateral white cross in the middle. The white cross has been used as a military symbol in the former Swiss Confederation since the 14th century but was used for the first time in a red square field during the Napoleonic era. Its white cross on a red field is thought to be derived from the military flag of the Holy Roman Empire and therefore has strong Christian connotations. Also, the flag traditionally symbolizes freedom, honor and loyalty. The height-to-width ratio in the flag is 1:1, and the flag was adopted in 1841. In addition, its coat of arms is in the form of a shield covered with the national flag.

The Switzerland flag is waving on a flagpole rising from the world globe.
Switzerland, officially known as the Swiss Confederation, is a sovereign state in Europe. Its capital is Bern, and its population is about 8,527,000.

The waving flag of Switzerland with its coat of arms (unofficial)

The coat of arms of Switzerland on a waving white flag

The waving vertical flag of Switzerland (Animated GIF)
Capital:Bern (pop. 134,000)
Other major cities:Zurich (409,000)
Geneva (201,000)
Basel (178,000)
Official languages:German, French, Italian, Romansh
Region:Western Europe
Ethnic groups:65% German
18% French
10% Italian
1% Romansh
6% others
Religion:68.8% Christian
5.3% Muslim
0.5% Buddhist
0.7% Hindu
0.3% Jewish
0.4% Other
24% Unaffiliated
Area:41,285 km²
(15,940 sq mi)
Currency:Swiss franc

Keywords: Flag and coat of arms of Switzerland (German: Flagge und Wappen der Schweiz; French: Drapeau et armoiries de la Suisse; Italian: Bandiera e stemma della Svizzera), GIF

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